CycleOps PowerTap SL 2.4 Review

The wireless CycleOps PowerTap SL 2.4 system–reviewed in this article–shows that, at a premium cost, it’s money well spent.

When you buy a wireless CycleOps Saris PowerTap SL 2.4 system, you get several products to properly run the power meter system: Primarily, you get the computer and the hub, which are the heart of the system. Both the CPU and the hub allow you to strictly track and analyze your current stats, to properly maximize your training without needing a sports science degree.
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The Power Meter Computer

The CPU is used to track and record a lot of information related to your current ride. It records your current, average, and maximum power spent, consisting of the current and average heart rates, cadence, and energy expenditure–measuring in total kjoules.

Utilizing the hub, the CPU also records your current, average, and maximum speeds, the distance of your ride in miles or kilometers, the time it took to complete a ride, and allows for a programmable odometer. This sophisticated system allows for maximum training by letting you know what, specifically, needs to be worked on.

The display is easily viewed, though numbers can sometimes be difficult to make out in direct sunlight, low light, and heavy rain. It also employs a customizable display to show you the time of day and various measurements in the same window.

The Hub

Lightweight and immensely useful, the hub is included in the middle of a rear road tire with a lightweight aluminum axel and rim brake set up. Weighing a light 416 grams, the hub won’t burden your training with excess weight.

What the hub does do, is calculates and communicates essential information to your CPU to be displayed and recorded. One of the best features about the wireless CycleOps PowerTap SL 2.4 is the addition of wireless transmission.

The 2.4 GHz wireless transfer between the hub and the CPU allow for near-perfect communication with little-to-no loss between the two, all with no wires.
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CycleOps PowerTap Accessories

The wireless CycleOps PowerTap SL 2.4 system comes with a few accessories. A heart rate chest strap is included, with an accompanying receiver, to track heart rates and send them to the CPU. These items also function as a downloadable heart rate monitor for multi-sport use.

Other accessories that come with this system are mounting hardware–to mount the CPU on bike handlebars, a training guide–included to help you get the most out of the product, and a Training with Power instructional DVD.

CycleOps PowerAgent software is also supplied to connect your CPU to any laptop or desktop computer via USB to download all recorded information, and to store it on your home computer. Download speeds are quick, downloading up to 15 hours of your recorded stats in one second.

My Recommendation

The wireless CycleOps PowerTap SL 2.4 system is expensive, but makes keeping track of all your stats, even the complicated ones, easy and enjoyable. You’ll have more time on your hands when using this program to track your rides, as the included tracking system simply works and the software makes visualizing and analyzing your stats fun and engaging.

The connection between the CPU and the hub of the rear road wheel holds a strong connection without wires, utilizing a 2.4GHz wireless transmission for minimal to no data loss.

The extra accessories round out the product with a heart rate receiver and strap for accurate data. The software included will keep you on track by showing you all the numbers and recorded information for your ride in unlimited intervals to get the most out of your training. The hardware, and software, is fast and extremely easy to use.

Anyone that’s serious about training should seriously consider investing in this great power meter. It’s available to purchase right here.

Terry

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